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Yazidis Escaping the Islamic State

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in The Passenger

 

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  • Close to the Turkish town of Silopi on the border to Iraq.
  • Yazidi survivors come to the Turkish border near Roboski with the help of PYD and PKK.
  • Old people are transported by car and people who cross the border are being placed in Roboski, Turkey and around.
  • Yazidi survivors come to the border Iraq/Turkey with the help of PYD and PKK.
  • People who arrive to the camp in Silopi, Turkey, collapse from exhaustion after their tough trip that last for days.
  • About 2500 Yazidis fleeing their hometown started to settle in camps in Turkey while masses of them waiting to cross into.
  • Tens of thousand of Yazidis escape from their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages after the attacks and mass executions of Islamic State (IS) militants.
  • One of Yazidi expectant mothers in Silopi Camp. Some of the pregnant women give birth in the camp while some do on their way to Turkey.

Yasin Akgül from NarPhotos collective, Istanbul documented the escape of more then 2500 Yazidis fleeing their hometown in Iraq. They started to settle in camps in Turkey while masses of them waiting to cross into Turkey. Families in Turkey shelter the survivors and fulfil their needs. Elementary schools become shelter for the thousands of Yazidi. Water is the main shortage of the people walked through a tough trip on Sinjar mountains.

Tens of thousand of Yazidis escape from their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages in Iraq after the attacks and mass executions of Islamic State (IS) militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die.

The Yazidi are a Kurdish ethno-religious community whose syncretic but ancient religion is linked to Zoroastrianism and ancient Mesopotamian religions.

Watch more images by Yasin Akgül at NarPhotos

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